Essance Organic Skincare

Company: Essance Organic Skincare

“HERBAL INFUSED SKINCARE: Raw beauty is possible with natural ingredients. Handmade so you can feel amazing, loved, and beautiful.”

Review:

I’m so excited to be back! While I was away, I tried out a fantastic products from a brand called Essance Organic Skincare! Their products are made in Portland, OR and honestly, their everything I want in my skincare products! They’re organic, vegan, cruelty-free, and full of beneficial plants and herbs!

I had the opportunity to try out a bunch of their products that are included in their Dragon’s Blood Starter Package. Don’t worry, Khalisi’s dragons weren’t harmed to make these products! They are named for the antioxidant rich and anti-inflammatory ingredients called Sangre de Drago (aka Dragon’s Blood).

Ok, let’s go!

First, the Dragon’s Blood Cleanser is great for all skin types and does a great job removing the day’s dirt, oil, and make up without drying your skin. Its thick, rich formula contains skin-loving ingredients including aloe vera, olive oil, papaya, rosehip seed oil, MSM, frankincense to not only cleanse, but to moisturize and fight signs of aging, dryness, and inflammation! This isn’t just a cleanser, it is a skin treatment in and of itself.

After cleansing, I spritzed on the Dragon’s Blood Toner. All you need to do is lightly mist this refreshing toner all over you face and let the orange blossum, peppermint, witch hazel, lavendar, frankincense, and Chaga mushroom balance and reinvigorate your skin in preparation for the products below!

To seal the benefits of the toner into your skin, immediately apply the Dragon’s Blood Cream. It easily glides onto the skin which quickly drank it up like a sponge, leaving my complexion looking dewy and ready for make up! This cream has the same plant-based ingredients as the cleanser to really give your skin the benefits of these fantastic ingredients.

At night after cleansing and toning, I used the Dragon’s Blood Serum which has the same fresh, herbal scent as the rest of the line. This product is more like a thick cream/serum hybrid, jam packed with Chaga mushroom, Rooisbos Tea, coconut oil, rose distallate, rosehip, argan oil, sea buckthorn, pomegranate, and carrot oil. This list of superstar ingredients moisturizes and supplies anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties as you sleep. Your skin really couldn’t ask for more!

If you’re looking for a great body moisturizer, their Passionfruit Lotion is great for everyday use to keep your skin healthy and hydrated. Like the rest of their products, it easily absorbs right into the skin. I love the light scent and the long list of all natural ingredients including aloe, jojoba, coconut oil, rose, and rooibos tea.

Last but not least, is the Passionfruit Lip balm! If I don’t have lip balm on, I really don’t feel my best! My lips dry out almost immediately (yesssss, mom, I drink plenty of water), so I’m always looking for a healthy, vegan and cruelty free lip product that moisturizes and doesn’t break the bank! I love this lip balm because it does everything a great lip balm should!

The Bottom Line

If you’re looking for some serious skincare but want all natural, plantbased, and crueltyfree ingredients, Essance Skincare is for you! Each and every product contains all natural, nourishing ingredients that make your skin look healthy and glowing! I love how my skin looks! I only need a little concealer and I’m out the door! The redness is my cheeks is not as noticeable and my skin just looks radiant and cared for! Essance Skincare truly makes amazing products that are good for you, the environment and the animals!

Head on over to their website and let me know what you try! Thank you, Essance Organic Skincare, for sending me these products to review!

Natural Thriving Boutique Natural Insect Repellant

Company: Natural Thriving Clean Beauty and Wellness Boutique

Products: 

Elegant Rose Insect Repellent

Campers Shampoo and Body Bar – Natural Insect Repellent

Reviews:

If you are vegan and/or want a natural way to keep the bugs away, look no further! Natural Thriving Boutique offers a chemical-free bug repellant made with essential oils that will allow you to enjoy all of your favorite outdoor activities without the ridiculous toxins found in other bug sprays. Trust me, you don’t want to breathe in the store-bought stuff!

Lemon, eucalyptus, citronella, geranium, and peppermint oils combine to create a bright, herbal, citrus-y scent that is SO refreshing. Just spray on a few pumps of this fine mist and, you’re good to go explore the outdoors (or just sit outside and sip your coffee). It is even safe for your pets!

I’m happy to report that this spray does, in fact, keep the bugs away. Repel them, don’t kill them!

I also received a sample of Campers Shampoo & Body Bar. If you’ve read my reviews before, you know that I LOVE a good, multi-use product! If not, Hi, I’m Julie, and I want everything in my life to be multi-functional. 

This bar has an uplifting and refreshing scent that is very similar to the Insect Repellant spray, and contains coconut oil, shea butter, and lemon, eucalyptus, citronella, peppermint & geranium essential oils.

Under running water, it lathers up nicely and easily rinses clean from your hair and skin, leaving both thoroughly clean and smelling oh-so-fresh! You would never guess that this product is a natural bug repellant!

The Bottom Line

Natural Thriving Boutique offers effective vegan and cruelty-free products. Anyone, and I mean ANYONE that likes spending time outside needs this natural insect repellant! It works and smells great! I have some hiking trips planned and I will absolutely use these products!

Thank you, Natural Thriving Boutique for sending me these products to review and for offering natural, animal-friendly products!

Healing Home Foods – Delicious Vegan Snacks You’re Gonna Love!

Company: Healing Home Foods

Products:

Chocolate Chip Baked Biscotti Bites

Pizza Thins Raw Crackers

Almond Butter Chunk Baked Granola

Reviews:

Super crunchy biscotti pieces with Chocolate Chips? Yup! They exist and I’m loving them! Healing Home Foods’ Chocolate Chip Biscotti Bites are not too sweet and have a wonderful oven-baked flavor, which paired perfectly with my almond milk latte. They’re made with almond flour and other plant-based ingredients, so vegans and people that avoid gluten will be able to enjoy them! A handful of these and my regular cup of coffee kept me full and running ’till lunch time!

Next up, are the amazingly delicious Pizza Thins! These crispy little crackers are bursting with Italian flavors thanks to Sun-dried Tomatoes, Garlic, Basil, and Oregano! These little guys pop with tangy tomato and they’re completely addicting! I may or may not have polished off the entire bag in one sitting (I absolutely did). You will think you’re diving into a freshly baked slice of your favorite vegan pizza! I’m in love!

Last but not least, is the Almond Butter Chunk Granola! What’s not to like about big, hearty pieces of baked oats and almond butter? This raw, gluten-free granola is subtly sweet and makes a  satisfying snack or meal. It’s made with Gluten-Free rolled oats, *sprouted almonds, *maple syrup, *almond butter, gluten-free quick oats, *maple sugar, *ground flaxseed, *coconut oil, vanilla flavor, and Himalayan crystal salt. It’s so tasty, you’d never think it was raw, vegan, OR good for you!

The Bottom Line

Healing Home Foods makes unique snacks that are vegan, organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, and truly delicious! If I had to choose one item from the list above to recommend, I would say definitely try out the Pizza Thins… or maybe the Biscotti Bites… or the granola. Haha, I don’t know, just try them all and let me know which one you like the best!

Thank you, Home Healing Foods, for sending me these awesome snacks to try!

BioTerra Herbs “boing” Energy Supplement… Vegan Pep in a Bottle

Company: BioTerra Herbs

“Because we believe most of all our 100% Natural Supplements are better than synthetic and chemical-laden answers, many of which probably seems like they leave you feeling worse than before. While with BioTerra Herbs Natural Supplements , you know consequently exactly what’s going into your body.

As a result we create herbal remedies to balance your body, not harm it! First of all we test all of our raw herbs, check for molds and parasites. Finally we confirm that all of our herbs are gluten free, non-GMO, vegan, and 100% natural!

From our natural fertility pills to our all-natural energy boost supplements, we create formulas that help balance the body and get you going.”

Product: Energy… boing™ Natural Energy Supplement

Review: 

If you’re new here, Hi, Hey there, Hello! I’m Julie and I’m a coffee addict. I love being fully caffeinated at all times and if I’m not, something is wrong, terribly wrong.

As much as I love and appreciate my daily coffees, I know that they are not the healthiest option and that they do not love me back. I’ve tried many times in the past to give up my beloved almond milk lattes and soy cold brews, but I just go crawling back!

I’m happy to introduce to you BioTerra Herbs Energy… boing Natural Energy Supplement! These little vegan capsules are plant-based and made to boost energy without stimulants.

Let’s be honest, I had my doubts but I’m surprised to say that these bad boys did, in fact, enhance my energy! Asian Ginseng has been used forever to increase energy, improve concentration, boost the immune system and promote overall wellbeing. Sign me up!

It said on the packaging to take 2 capsules after a meal, 1x per day, for 7 days to feel the effects. In all honesty, I did not give up my coffee for the first few days. I shouted to the Universe that someone will have to pry my Starbucks cup out of my cold, dead hands for me to give it up. However, after day 4 or 5 I did notice that I was thinking more clearly after waking up in the mornings which is kind of a big deal. (To put this into perspective, I previously tried to open my car door with my house key and have worn 2 different shoes to work).

I noticed that I just had more pep in my step… but not in a I-just-took- an-illegal-substance kind of way. I didn’t feel rundown into the ground by mid-afternoon and I have generally gotten more stuff done.

The Bottom Line: I generally feel better when taking these supplements! I certainly have more energy but I think most of all, I really love how my concentration has improved and that there is no jitters, no weird coffee sweats, and no “crash” in energy levels. I’m a fan and will definitely continue to use these supplements! Head on over to BioTerra Herbs’ website to check out all of the natural, vegan supplements that they have to offer!

Thank you, BioTerra Herbs, for sending me this sample to review!

*This product was sent to me for free. As always, my reviews are authentic and genuine. All thoughts and ideas are my own.

Organics With Love Skin Care Review – Natural, Vegan, and So Luxurious!

Company: Organics With Love – Truly Natural Skin + Body Care Created With Intention

“Every ingredient we use is the highest of quality, natural, and organic (when available).  All of our oils are cold pressed, unrefined, and carefully selected for their regenerative and/or therapeutic benefits.  We never use synthetic fragrances, dyes, fillers, or parabens, which means you are getting a highly concentrated and effective product.”

Products:

PURITY Cleansing Water

WILD ROSE Complexion Mist

RESTORE Age-Defying Facial Serum

Reviews:

If you’re new to my blog… Hello! Thanks for stopping by!  If not, you probably know that I review a lot of skincare. A LOT. 

That’s why I am thrilled to share my review of O.W.L.’s products with you because they are truly special and exceptional!!! 

Organics With Love PURITY Cleansing Water

The PURITY Cleansing Water gently removes your makeup without over-drying your skin. It has a fresh, invigorating herbal scent. Rose water, tea tree, and lavender cleanse and nourish the skin while removing the day’s makeup, sweat, oil, etc. Of course, the more make up you wear, the more product you will need to use. I have been a fan of the double cleansing method for a long time to make sure that my skin is super clean. If I had a full face of make up, I liked using this cleansing water after using a makeup wipe to remove everything that was left behind (you’d be shocked how much makeup is left on your skin if you only cleanse once!). I definitely could have only used this cleanser to get a clean face but I stick to my double cleansing most of the time!

Wild Rose Complexion Mist

The WILD ROSE Complexion Mist is a fantastic way to quickly hydrate your skin before applying a facial oil, serum, or moisturizer. Rose water, aloe, witch hazel, and hibiscus flower give your face a nice dose of hydration that can be used whenever your skin needs a little pick-me-up! As part of your daily skincare routine, you can apply 3-4 sprays on your face. When your skin is still damp, you apply the facial oil (discussed below) to really seal the moisture into your skin. This technique is the absolute best way to get the most our of your skincare products!

RESTORE Facial Serum from organicswithlove.com

RESTORE Facial Serum – Picture from organicswithlove.com

The RESTORE Age-Defying Facial Serum is so luxurious! From its rosy pink hue to it’s gorgeous floral scent, this facial oil is sure to become you favorite! It feels luxurious because it truly is luxurious! This serum is packed with skin-loving ingredients like Cranberry Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Pumpkin Seed oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Helichrysum Oil, Rose Damascena Oil, and Carrot Seed Oil. All of these ingredients combine to moisturize, fight signs of aging, slow down collagen destruction, repair free radical and environmental damage, purify the skin, reduce discoloration and scarring, and improve elasticity and firmness! What more could you possibly want?

At first, I was a little skeptical when it came to applying this facial oil with a Rose Quartz tumbled stone, as the instructions suggest. I have never used anything like this before… I mean, why can’t I just apply the oil with my fingers like I always do? (of course, you can apply it will your fingers if you want to!)

Oh, how wrong I was! Applying this facial oil with Rose Quartz is just so enjoyable! Gliding the cool stone on my face felt so refreshing and relaxing and I truly looked forward to applying my skincare at the end of a long day! Can you really say that with a straight face about your current skin care? I know I couldn’t before! 

This serum really made my skin look hydrated and radiant! My cheeks were noticeable less red and I did not break out from this what-so-ever. Yay! I only needed around 5 small drops to cover my entire face and it made my skin look fresh and dewy. I had no problem applying my make up on top on it. This stuff is amazing and stole my heart!

The Bottom Line

When you use O.W.L. products, you really feel like you’re using something special and that’s because you are! The ingredients are so nourishing that your skin will absolutely glow! The packaging is sleek and gorgeous and the scents are so natural and fresh! I truly enjoy this line of products from Organics With Love and highly recommend them to anyone that loves high quality skin care that is vegan, cruelty-free and delivers results!